Aaron Rifkind
Editor in Chief
Aaron Rifkind is a senior majoring in International Relations. He has served as the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Parliamentarian and Senior Advisor. He is currently a Residential Senator and the Speaker pro tempore on the USG Senate. Aaron is also the Editor in Chief for the Southern California International Review, USC’s premier undergraduate international studies journal. Aaron holds a position on the USC Hillel Student Board and volunteers for USC’s Teaching International Relations Program. In spring 2015, he interned at Paramount Pictures and spent summer 2015 in Washington, D.C. interning at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Aaron is both a Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood Annual Passholder, visiting both theme parks multiple times a year.

Reid Thom
Deputy Editor in Chief
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Reid Thom is a junior studying International Relations and Business Administration. He came to USC from Torrance, California where he spent his days playing volleyball on the beach and riding motorcycles. Reid has held a fascination with foreign affairs since his extensive studies of European history in high school, and his exposure to the international political economy at USC has only furthered his interest.


Anna Merzi

Anna Merzi is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship at USC. Her interests include counterterrorism research and the ways in which extremist organizations utilize social media, as well as global anti-human trafficking efforts. Anna is engaged in anti-human trafficking activism on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area. She recently expanded her efforts to the state of Texas, working alongside Laster Global Consulting. Anna is a proud member of the Delta Gamma sorority, and strongly supports their Service for Sight philanthropy projects. In her free time she enjoys stand-up comedy, creative writing and perusing the pages of BuzzFeed. She is a first-time editor on SCIR and is thrilled to be working alongside such enterprising and dedicated individuals at USC.

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Peter Hughes
Editor/Former Editor in Chief

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